My Marine Corps buddy Julie and her family were making a whirlwind trip from Rochester, NY to Quantico, VA in 4 days... and I offered them a place to stay on their first leg of the trip. What a great time we had.
Julie was part of the original knitting group at Headquarters, Marine Corps - with officers, Staff NCOs, NCOs and civilians - learning how to make dish cloths (still one of my favorite things to teach basic knitting).
This was in 2002. We were all admin staff at Headquarters Marine Corps, Manpower & Reserve Affairs. Once or twice a week we'd find time to knit. Since 75% of our group worked in the general's office and had phone watch, we always knit there. The general wasn't quite sure what he thought about a knitting bee in his office! You can tell how old the picture is by the old style woodland cammies.
We've stayed in touch over the years. I visited them in Virginia. Their daughter stayed with me for a few weeks one summer in 2004. They visited when they came to pick her up. I stopped by their new home when they moved to upstate New York on my drive back from Toronto. They came again this past week. It's great to stay in touch with friends... even if it's here and there across the span of years. That's what I like about my Marine Corps friends. You can pick up where you left off. The funny part, is that the purpose of their trip was to go to a baby shower for another member of our original group's first grandchild! See how it's all connected?
I'm so glad you came. Let's continue to stay in touch, K?